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Uganda Minister says People Dying of Hunger are ‘Idiots’


January 26, 2024

A Ugandan government minister is facing criticism after calling those who have died of hunger in his country “idiots”.

Many have deemed Henry Okello Oryem’s comments tone-deaf.

In 2022, more than 2,200 people died of starvation and related illnesses in north-east Uganda, a report by an official human rights body said.

But Mr Oryem argued that given Uganda’s favourable climate and fertile land, people should be able to grow food for themselves.